Title page for ETD etd-0827103-103409

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Carney, Colleen E.
URN etd-0827103-103409
Title The Effects of an Evening Structured Problem-Solving Procedure in Undergraduate College Students with Insomnia
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
William F. Waters Committee Chair
Alan Baumeister Committee Member
Amy L. Copeland Committee Member
W. Drew Gouvier Committee Member
Amy Westbrook Dean's Representative
  • pre-sleep arousal
  • cogntive arousal
  • worry
  • insomnia
Date of Defense 2002-06-26
Availability unrestricted
Worry is often reported as interfering with sleep onset and sleep maintenance, and pre-sleep cognitive arousal can persist after successful behavioral treatment of insomnia. The present investigation will examine the effects of a "constructive worry" procedure in an undergraduate population with impaired sleep. Thirty-three undergraduate students who reported three or more nights per week in the last month of sleep onset and/or sleep maintenance problems, either recorded worries and possible solutions (experimental CW group) or recorded worries and completed worry questionnaires (control Worry group) for five nights. As hypothesized, the CW group had decreased pre-sleep cognitive and overall arousal relative to the Worry group and relative to baseline scores. Although the CW group reported decreased cognitive arousal, there were no significant effects on somatic arousal, anxiety, Sleep Diary or actigraphy sleep variables. Suggestions for future investigations, and potential implications for the treatment of insomnia are discussed.
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